Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease is extremely common in young adolescents at the time of their growth spurt.

Cause

  • It is usually associated with a high level of physical activity, especially in sports involving running and jumping

Symptoms

  • Pain below the knee that is aggravated by exercise
  • Sweling and bony prominence below the knee

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of Osgood-Schlatter is made by a health professional and x-rays are usually not required.

Management

  • Osgood-Schlatter is a self limiting condition that settles
  • While there is no evidence that rest accelerates the healing process, a reduction in activity will reduce pain
  • There is no need to rest completely. Pain should be the main guide as to the limitation of activity
  • Symptomatic management includes applying ice to the area